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Dealing with the Lingering Effects of a Mass Shooting Print E-mail
Written by Anna Almendrala | KHN   
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:00

Veronica Kelley
was working at an office building across the street from the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., in December 2015 when a county employee and his wife entered with semiautomatic rifles and opened fire, killing 14 and wounding 22. Most of the victims were co-workers of the gunman. The couple went on to wound two police officers later that day before being fatally shot by police. Since then, Kelley, the 52-year-old director of the county Department of Behavioral Health, has broadened the department's focus to caring for people struggling with psychological trauma from mass shootings - no matter how they're insured. Kelley and her department have seen firsthand how the psychological wounds of mass trauma can linger indefinitely. In the San Bernardino shooting, more than 400 people were either victims, witnesses or first responders.

 


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